The teaching faculty and middle school partners in the CSUSM... program believe that Clinical Practice is an essential experience in...

The teaching faculty and middle school partners in the CSUSM middle level education
program believe that Clinical Practice is an essential experience in which teacher
candidates operationalize theory and methods as they enact best practices in working
with young adolescents. The goals of CPI and CPII are to help teacher candidates build
efficacy, learn to collaboratively assess classroom practices to ensure students are
achieving at high levels, and utilize modeling and coaching to promote best practices
designed to engage all learners and facilitate the active construction of meaning in all
content areas.
Teacher candidates (the university students) and cooperating teachers share
responsibility in planning for, teaching, and assessing students. They have an ongoing
partnership in both planning and delivering instruction
Characteristics of a strong cooperating teacher include:
 A desire to make a difference in teacher education
 The ability to communicate well with others
 An understanding of the value of collaboration
 A commitment to coaching and mentoring
 A willingness to allow teacher candidates to teach standards-based lessons
using methodologies learned in coursework
Responsibilities of the cooperating teacher include:
 Allow the teacher candidate opportunities to implement teaching strategies
learned in the university coursework
 Co-plan curriculum and instruction with the teacher candidate. This includes a
deliberate focus on guiding the teacher candidate to implement and develop
curriculum, instruction, and assessment
 Model effective and/or innovative differentiated teaching strategies
 Model the continuous assessment cycle of planning, teaching, and reflecting
 Gradually release responsibility instead of “turning over” the classroom
 Work closely with the teacher candidate throughout the clinical practice
 Communicate openly with the university supervisor and on-site liaison
 Promote ongoing examination of classroom practice through regular
conversations, scheduled planning sessions, and frequent feedback
 Provide ongoing constructive feedback
Specific actions and activities include:
Observations, analyzing student work, communication with parents, discussing
content standards, developing professional goals, discussing student concerns,
modeling lessons, observing a veteran teacher, planning a lesson, problem solving,
providing resources, pre/post observation conferences, reflection, using technology